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  • The Distant Beacon

  • Song of Acadia, Book 4
  • By: Janette Oke, T. Davis Bunn
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Anne and Nicole are together again at the Harrow estate in England, but they find themselves facing divergent futures. While Anne comfortably settles into British life, Nicole once again searches the far horizon. Despite the raging War of Independence, she sets sail for the American colonies to manage her uncle's landholdings. The gallant Captain Goodwind captures Nicole's attention, but not yet her heart. In the midst of revolution, her loyalties and faith are tested beyond what she could have ever imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • bad narrator

  • By ME on 01-21-19

bad narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-19

narrator sounds like she's trying to be a robot reading on 2x speed. no emotions are being shown in the story.

I love Janette Oke's stories and have a large collection of them. She is one of my favorite authors.

My recommendation is to find a better narrator for these wonderful stories.

  • Gathering the Threads

  • By: Cindy Woodsmall
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

After several months living out in the world with her birth family, Ariana Brenneman is back living in the Old Amish community that she grew up in. The shock of discovering she and Skylar Nash were switched at birth has not worn off, but both young women are regaining their footing and trying to determine what lies ahead - the Amish life or an Englischer one? Ariana must also decide if Quill Schlabach will play a role in hers or not.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another good one

  • By Stevon on 12-29-17

Great story, just like the others in the series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

once again, Cindy Woodsmall did a great job writing this story, as well as the rest of the series. I just had to know if Arianna joined the Amish church or married Quill! I also had to know if Skyler ever went back to live with her English family and if her and Arianna would get along!
Stina Nielsen also did a wonderful job narrating this story as well!

5 stars all around!

  • Fraying at the Edge

  • By: Cindy Woodsmall
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 124

The Amish of Summer Grove series continues, as Old Order Amish Ariana and troubled college student Skylar face the reality that nothing about their lives is what they thought to be true. The second book in the Amish of Summer Grove series explores the changes in the Brenneman family, as Skylar joins them and Ariana navigates the foreign and undesirable Englischer world. Can she help the Nashes learn about the God she loves?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!!!

  • By Becky Rhodes on 02-25-17

Great sequel!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I really liked this sequel! Again, the author and the narrator both did a great job with the story!
If anyone is questioning how they believe, this book also would open their eyes to other ways of thinking...or if you're like me and deeply rooted in your beliefs, it can cause you to answer the questions posed in the story to Arianna from her English father, Nicholas.
again this second story deserves a 5 star rating...Which is what I'm giving it!!!

  • Ties That Bind

  • A Novel
  • By: Cindy Woodsmall
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 151

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family's ever-expanding brood and keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach. Five years ago Quill and her dear friend, Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent! I can't wait for the next installment

  • By Sweetmia on 01-05-16

Great story all around 5 stars!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This was such a great story! The narrator did such a great job telling it, as well!
The story is full of twists and turns and was off to a great start! After listening to the first portion, I wanted to continue listening and just couldn't put the story "down". I continued listening until I fell asleep! If I turned the story off before going to bed, I couldn't sleep because I was so curious as to what was going to happen next!
I'm going to look for the other books in this series!
5 star review on everything!!

  • Echo Canyon Brides Box Set Number 4

  • Books 10 - 11
  • By: Linda Bridey
  • Narrated by: Lawrence D. Yaklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

How will Sofia Carter choose between two handsome men? Ranch foreman Travis Desmond and army captain Zeb Rawlins compete for her affections. Which man will win in a game of love played during a dangerous time in Echo?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narrator!

  • By ME on 01-07-19

Terrible Narrator!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I am not picky when it comes to narrators, usually, but this narrator was so terrible that I had to stop listening before the first minute of the story had passed!
First of all, it is a male voice that is so deep, it's scratchy. But that isn't the bad part, even! He talked like a robot and showed absolutely no emotions in his reading!
I am a first grade teacher and my students can read with more emotion that this guy did!
If I could leave a zero star review, I would!

  • Mr. Darcy's Mail-Order Bride

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: J Dawn King
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In 1869, females are in short supply in the west, while a single man in want of a wife is rare in the east. When lonely Charles Bingley convinces his good friend, Will Darcy, to write a letter offering marriage to Miss Jane Bennet, she likewise convinces her sister, Elizabeth, to pen the reply. Elizabeth is struck by the beauty of the letter and responds by opening her heart to the Oregon wordsmith, who she believes to be Mr. Bingley. It's love at first letter for both the couples. Misunderstandings and bad impressions abound, as the true identities of the authors are discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Western Romance

  • By Jan M on 08-22-17

great story overall!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This was a good story to listen to! The narrator did a great job, too! I'd happily listen to another story written by this author and/or narrated by the same narrator.

  • The Christmas Visitor

  • An Amish Romance
  • By: Linda Byler
  • Narrated by: Mandi Lee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

One moment Ben Miller was high up in the rafters at his neighbor's barn raising. The next his foot slipped, and he plunged to his death, leaving behind a young wife and six children - the youngest born four months after his death. Ruth Miller is not alone. Her Amish neighbors help her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow. But while the community has been generous, raising six growing children, all grieving their father's death, is overwhelming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and monotone

  • By ME on 12-27-18

Predictable and monotone

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Very predictable. By chapter 2, I knew the entire story. narrator needs to practice showing emotions in her reading. she litterally read it in a monotone the entire time.
So, if you like to listen to extremely predictable stories read in a monotone voice, then this is the one for you.

  • Vanish in Plain Sight

  • By: Marta Perry
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Since she was a little girl, Marisa Angelo has been haunted by the image of her mother walking away, suitcase in hand, to return to her Amish roots. Marisa and her "Englischer" father never saw or heard from her again. Now Marisa has received a shocking call from police. Her mother's bloodstained suitcase was found hidden inside the wall of a Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By LeftyMom on 07-08-11

Not at all what I was expecting in a romance story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

5 Stars all around! Great story! Was not at all what I was expecting in a romance story! Great twists and turns, leaving you wondering what is going to happen next! I would put this in the category "Mystery" so I guess it is a "romance mystery"!

  • A Reluctant Bride

  • Amish of Birch Creek Series #1
  • By: Kathleen Fuller
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Sadie Schrock swore that she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry; she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents were ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: She must marry.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narrator

  • By Dillyn Ketterman on 12-25-17

good story, but so-so narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-18

narrator needs to stop reading it by saying random words louder like they are more important. Story was awesome, though. I would have rather read the book than listen to this narrator, though.

  • A New Day Rising

  • Red River of the North Series #2
  • By: Lauraine Snelling
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

The dream of their own farmstead and a good life in America had brought Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund across the Atlantic to pioneer the virgin prairie of Dakota Territory. But Roald's tragic disappearance in a winter storm turned Ingeborg's dreams into a living nightmare. Against nearly impossible circumstances and overwhelming grief, she struggles to keep the farm and her family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immigrant History Retold

  • By Jill on 02-15-16

Great, Great, and Great! Amazing story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I love all the books by Lauraine Snelling that I've read thus far.
I HIGHLY recommend her books to anyone! I like to read her stories when I am missing my home on the Dakota plains! They make me feel like I am home again, even though I'm surrounded in trees and mountains.

The narrator did a wonderful job as well! I will be happy to listen to it over and over again!